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Daggerspell

The Deverry Series, Book 1
Written by: Katharine Kerr
Narrated by: Ruth Urquhart
Series: Deverry
Length: 15 hrs and 20 mins

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Publisher's Summary

Even as a young girl, Jill was a favorite of the magical, mysterious Wildfolk, who appeared to her from their invisible realm. Little did she know her extraordinary friends represented but a glimpse of a forgotten past and a fateful future. Four hundred years - and many lifetimes ago - one selfish young lord caused the death of two innocent lovers. Then and there he vowed never to rest until he'd righted that wrong - and laid the foundation for the lives of Jill and all those whom she would hold dear: her father, the mercenary soldier Cullyn; the exiled berserker Rhodry Maelwaedd; and the ancient and powerful herbman Nevyn, all bound in a struggle against darkness...and a quest to fulfill the destinies determined centuries ago. 

Here in this newly revised edition is the incredible novel that began one of the best-loved fantasy series in recent years - a tale of bold adventure and timeless love, perilous battle, and pure magic. For long-standing fans of Deverry and those who have yet to experience this exciting series, Daggerspell is a rare and special treat.

©1986; 1993 Katharine Kerr (P)2018 Tantor

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  • Dru
  • 12-07-18

Massively underrated

One of my all time favourites of the genre. A perfect balance of historical fiction and epic fantasy. Very glad that Tantor has bought the rights to the first 4 books and that it is now available as an audiobook and on audible, it was a long time overdue. Highly recommended, once you start the series you will not be able to stop. If you enjoy the book I would suggest checking out the author's patreon page as there are pronunciation guides and context posted on there that really enhanced the experience for me!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-08-18

All I Had Ever Hoped For!

This was my first foray into fiction audiobooks. This was also a book I've read a dozen times. The narration is excellent, and captures the dialect and accents that Kerr describes in her foreword to each Deverry novel with true storytelling grace. It made me feel like I did when I was a kid, and my mother would read her books to me. I was captivated.

When I completed the book I felt like it had ended too soon. I wanted more, and I am happy that Darkspell is out now! May the whole Deverry Cycle come to this format.

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  • J. S. Harbour
  • 17-09-19

Marvelous performance by Ms. Urquhart

I'm so happy that I discovered this book and to find that it is also a lengthy series. the writing is excellent and the concepts are such that I've never found in a fantasy story before. some of which is Celtic and some is not but it is a fascinating story nonetheless.

also is a fan of the indie film Unicorn City I enjoyed discovering references in this book that were mentioned in the film (without credit).

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  • cindy m
  • 13-01-20

great book

loved this book. can't wait to get the next one in the series. highly recommended.

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  • Bruce
  • 17-09-19

Again and again

I enjoyed the first two books moment by moment, but was often lost in the story thread. I do not regret repeated listening to figure the when and the who. Nonlinear I think is more difficult for a listener than a reader. Some epics are overwhelming by breadth. This one folds in on itself, so just pay attention. I feel the enjoyment worth the effort. I just wish I knew where the story is going.

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  • Simon Lee Shugar
  • 07-05-19

Great read. Subtle fantasy with its own uniqueness

Characters are great. The unique way the story unfolds through the age is great. The take on the magic system is interesting though wish it bound itself to more rules.

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  • Royd L Green
  • 16-12-18

great story

read all the books, happy to see they finally have come to audiobooks, give it a try.

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  • Aeryn
  • 17-11-18

quality fantasy leaves you hooked

Great story and narration. The world & characters are ace. Addictive listen. I spend through this and can't wait to listen to the next one. Katherine's story isn't just 'womens fantasy'. The characters and sorry are for everyone.
Recommend

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 31-07-18

One of my most favorite series in fantasy.

I hope they do the entire series! This series has everything you look for in terms of good and bad politics, war, and magic!

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  • Droth
  • 22-07-18

loved it

I read this book years ago when I was a teenager. I fell in love with the story and the series. it nice getting to listen to it again while I'm at work or driving home. The narrator does a great job and has many voices for the different characters. I can't wait for the next one to come out! :-)

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  • Barwickian
  • 12-06-19

Evocative, atmospheric fantasy

The story of Jill, a mercenary's daughter born to the dweomer (magic), opens the first book in the atmospheric Deverry series. but it isn't the start of the story.

That begins in a past life 400 years earlier, when her lover abandons her to a dreadful fate. Nevyn the Dweomermaster lives on, bound by a vow that he won't rest until he has healed the souls he harmed as they are reincarnated over and over again.

Daggerspell is a warm, muktilayered story that manages to blend emotional intelligence with great action sequences and rich world building.

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  • Martin
  • 04-04-19

Epic stories the way they're meant to be!

I first read this book back in 2003 and struggled to get to grips with it, but I'm so very glad I did.
The first book is always the hardest to read, but this goes on to weave a fantastic tale of travel, magic, lost love and secrets.

It seemlessly goes back and forth a 400 year time line around key figures and people they've known. Betrayal, lust, abandonment and sacrifice.

The only thing I have had to come to grips with is the pronounceation of the reader in the way she says names and places, but to be fair I pronounced what I thought was right, so it'll sound different when someone else reads..

If you're a fan of fantasy fiction then this series, yes series of books is certainly one you should have in your collection... I have and I can wait for the rest of the collection to on Audible..

Enjoy!

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  • Jeffus
  • 25-02-19

Excellent listen

I loved the books, and love this narration! I was so glad to see this on audible.

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  • N Beveridge
  • 19-02-19

One of my all time favourites on Audible!

The whole story draws you in almost from the beginning. The characters develop over many stories. Nevyn is such a fantastic idea. Living for hundreds of years to fix a problem he created. I can't wait for the other books to come. I bought the first four when I saw them become available. The narrator is a woman, I read these books with a male voice in my head. When I started listening, I was concerned that it wouldn't be as good but I have quickly come round to enjoying the narration. Everyone I recommended to these novels loved them, I recommend them now.

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  • Pegasusinflight
  • 16-10-18

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great story, Takes a while to get used to the readers character voices, after that it is easy to listen to.

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  • OB1Tom
  • 05-08-18

Superb

Thoroughly enjoyed listening to the start of this great series. Can’t wait for the rest to be available on audible. Well worth a listen if your new to the series

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  • Steve Gordon
  • 20-01-19

Fantasy - at its very best!

Finally justice done. For those fantasy readers who are bored with the “story factory” fantasy books and series, this is the story for you. I would imagine that modern fantasy fiction authors like Sanderson and Martin would agree that Katharine Kerr would be part of the pioneer authors in this genre. Ruth Urquhart’s delivery of this classic novel is breathtakingly accurate.
I highly recommend this book and the continuation of the series to anyone even remotely interested in Fantasy Fiction.

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  • Johanna R Hood
  • 21-07-18

Best story world ever

I love this saga, this is book one, and this author. fantastic world. the audiobook does not disappoint

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  • Bruce
  • 27-07-19

devery series is the best

i was so happy to finally see thses books available to listen to and can't wait for the rest of this great story to become available